Tyler Students Create Forum For Discussion Of Art

October 5, 2012

Students at Tyler are taught to open their minds to new ideas and to bring their creativity to life with their work. Sometimes, its productive to have a forum to discuss ideas and create a conversation about art.

That is exactly what juniors Olivia Menta and Larkin Dugan are doing with their discussion group, STOOP.

As described by their website, “STOOP is a discussion series held at the Tyler School of Art. Our interest is to build an interdisciplinary conversation on topics concerning contemporary art as a means to enrich the creative dialogue throughout Philadelphia. By approaching topics as a diverse collective we can explore subjects in greater depth and ultimately yield a much greater and diverse discussion.”

Under the advisement of professors Philip Glahn and Mark Shetabi, both Menta and Dugan work together to run the group and to create an area for discussion.

“I work together with Larkin to develop a prompt for discussion with our peers. Because I am a painting major and Larkin is a sculpture major, it creates an interesting dichotomy to develop questions,” Menta said.

STOOP meetings are held every few weeks on Thursday evenings.

“The next [meeting] will probably be in about a month,” Menta said.

For more information about STOOP and their upcoming events, visit http://stoopattyler.wordpress.com/

Tyler Alum Solo Show Opens October 5

October 5, 2012

Since graduating in 2011, Adam Ledford (BFA Ceramics) has taken part in a series of exhibitions. His latest solo show, Gotta Catch ‘em appears in Rittenhouse Square this month.

“The show title refers to the act of obsessively collecting of infinite intangibles, like learning dinosaur names or constellations. We are trained as children to collect objects that serve as substitutes or mementos of experiences or objects, things like basebal cards, matchbox cars, or Hard Rock Cafe T-shirts. For me these activities were more about collecting and knowing the information about different categories of things rather than getting all the trading cards or filling up the coin collection folders,” Ledford said.

The exhibition features a full room version of his previous work entitled Garniture Wall, an arrangement of various pots that Ledford made from memory of specific pots found throughout history.

“The inspiration for this show, Gotta Catch ‘em comes from my research into historical ceramics and other domestic objects. I received a Windgate Fellowship in 2011 and was able to travel all along the East Coast and Pacific Northwest of the US, as well as to London and Dubai to study ceramics. In this research I met with curators in a number of museums to look at their institution’s collection in storage to see up close and often handle, feel and smell the pots,” Ledford said.

Testing his recollection of pots that he had seen led to the creation of Gotta Catch ‘em.

“At one point during this research I began to questions how much I had learned, truly internalized and knew, the objects I was seeking out. I also wanted to decorate my house in the space between the exposed studs of the walls. So, I began making half pots, with a flat back instead of fully realized in the round, so they would fit on the wall between 2 x 4′s,” Ledford said.

Ledford began with his process by simply trying to remember specific pots and drawing in the clay.

“They are all filtered through my remembrances. They are a physical record of my memory, and for this exhibition I have filled the walls of the gallery with these pots creating my literal mental library,” Ledford said.

Gotta Catch ‘em will open October 5 at the Metropolitan Gallery from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. There will then be another reception on November 2. Ledford’s exhibit will be the first to debut at the new gallery, opening the same day. The intention of the gallery is to showcase young, emerging artists. The exhibit will run until November 18.

To learn more about Adam Ledford and his work, you can visit his website, http://www.adamledford.com/
To find out about the Gallery and Ledford’s exhibit, visit http://blog.metropolitanbakery.com/

Michael Latini as Puppeteer in “How to Train Your Dragon Live!”

September 12, 2012

Tyler School of Art graduate Michael Latini is currently behind the scenes of “How to Train Your Dragon Live! Spectacular.” Since his graduation in 2001, Latini has been working as a puppeteer. He toured the country as a lead puppeteer in the show “Walking with Dinosaurs, the Arena Spectacular,” as well as working on the Philadelphia Zoo and Jim Henson collaboration “X-tinksun,” and touring as the Bear in Disney’s “Bear in the Big Blue House.”

“How to Train Your Dragon Live!” is based off of the animated film that was released in 2010. The dragons in the show are not computerized, but instead need to be controlled by up to three people. While they are similar to the puppets used in “Walking with Dinosaurs,” these puppets have a greater range of motion and the ability to breathe fire. The show premieres at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on September 12 and will run until the 16.

Original article can be found at http://www.nj.com/indulge/index.ssf/2012/09/temple_grad_michael_latini_is.html

Annual Student Show Closing Reception & Mixer

March 26, 2012

Join us Thursday, September 29 from 6 – 9 pm for the Annual Student Show Closing Reception and Student Mixer.  Students from PAFA, UArts and Moore College of Art have been invited to come and see all the wonderful work Tyler students have done!  We’ll have a large spread of food for your enjoyment, jazz music, and other goodies!

Wonder What’s Going On at Temple Rome?

March 1, 2011

Temple Rome sent me these two announcements so you can see what’s going on in Rome this spring!


Tyler Alumna Organizes Performance Show

February 7, 2011

Diaristic Indulgences

Can the public accept the female body beyond private erotic fantasy? The exhibition title, Diaristic Indulgences (taken from a line in Carolee Schneemann’s Interior Scroll and Kitch’s Last Meal), refers to the exploration of the discomfort in the physical reality of the body that permeates everyday life.  The artists participating in Diaristic Indulgences find inspiration in the works of Judy Chicago, Valie Export, Carolee Schneemann, Cindy Sherman, Martha Rosler, Lynda Bengalis, Ana Mendieta, Karen Finley, and Marina Abramovic and explore notions of femininity, voyeurism, sexuality, and gender. The artists in this show expand on the path paved for them and reconsider today’s deep-rooted understandings of the physical body in relationship to the social body.

Curated by Tyler Alumna Angela Washko. Participating Artists: Hannah Heilmann, Ann Hirsch, Georges Negri, Sunita Prasad, Nathaniel Sullivan, Alison Ward, Angela Washko, Chester Zecca.  One night only:  Saturday, February 19, 7 PM at the Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St Long Island City, NY 11101

Accessible by subway:

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The Flux gallery is located on street level near several wheelchair-accessible subway stops.


Tyler MFA Students Exhibit in NYC

February 4, 2011

Vagabondage Logo

Select works by 2nd Year MFA Students
Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Curated by Candice Madey
February 9 – April 9, 2011

Hunter College Times Square Gallery

450 West 41st Street, New York, New York
Opening reception: Friday, February 11, 6 – 9 pm

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Master of Fine Arts program presents the exhibition Vagabondage at the 2011 College Art Association (CAA) New York Area MFA Exhibition. Curated by Candice Madey of On Stellar Rays, Vagabondage features the work of seven MFA candidates: Loo Bain, Daryl Bergman, Amber Cowan, Emily Davidson, Emily Rooney, Dan Schein, and Lindsay Wraga. Working in a variety of materials including painting, sculpture, glass, fiber, photography and video, Madey writes “works in Vagabondage embody the spirit of the vagabond. Myth and meaning is found on the periphery and only with the knowledge gained from a solitary quest…These works present a similar duality: alluding to social constructs and cultural rituals, yet simultaneously pushing against and evading such limitations.”

Vagabondage, along with the exhibitions of fellow New York area MFA programs, will be on view from February 9 through April 9, 2011 at the Hunter College Times Square Gallery at 450 West 41st Street, New York, New York. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 6 pm. An opening reception will take place on Friday, February 11, from 6 – 9 pm.

About the curator
Candice Madey is currently the director and owner of On Stellar Rays, a NY-based gallery with an interest in the intersection of and disruptions between performance and other media. Formerly she was director of Mireille Mosler, Ltd. in New York, and an independent curator and art consultant. She has 12 years of experience in the art world, including positions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Christie’s, and galleries in the Midwest and in New York. She has a Masters in Business Administration, and Bachelors degrees in Art History and French from the Ohio State University.

About the Tyler School of Art MFA 2011 Thesis Exhibitions Series
Tyler School of Art Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions are the culmination of each student’s two-year career at Tyler and represents, for many, their first professional one-person exhibition. The series includes students from all Tyler departments and an array of media: painting, sculpture, glass, printmaking, metals/jewelry/cad-cam, graphic and interactive design, fibers, photography, ceramics, and more. From March 16 – May 14, 2011, each week features several exhibitions at Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, located at 12th and Norris Streets in Philadelphia, PA. A complete listing of exhibitions click here.

Exhibitions at Temple Gallery are supported in part by the Friends of Temple Gallery, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Tyler School of Art Alumni Association.

a STOöP event!

February 2, 2011
Please join us for a STOöP event!


An Open Forum about Art, Site, and Agency. With Special Guest John Hawke

Wednesday, February 9th, 6 PM

Painting Studios, 3rd Floor, Tyler School of Art

For a look at John Hawke’s work go to www.johnhawke.com

Teach Town Hall Meeting

October 19, 2010

Interested in teaching? Don’t miss the Teach Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Governor Ed Rendell, Mayor Michael Nutter, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, AETN CEO Abbe Raven and Tony Danza on Monday, October 25th at 11 a.m. at the Baptist Temple. The TEACH campaign is an initiative of the United States Department of Education designed to raise awareness of the teaching profession and get a new generation of teachers to join the ones who are already making a difference in the classroom. Teaching is a rewarding and challenging profession where you can make a lasting impact. You can have a positive influence on students, schools, and communities now and into the future. Please attend to learn more! Presented by A&E Network, Comcast, Temple University and the U.S Department of Education. Preregistration is required. To register, click here.

A Meeting of the Waters for PAFA and Tyler

September 29, 2010

Earlier this week I had a rather enjoyable experience at PAFA’s Wednesday Art-at-Lunch event, at which Prof. Jonathan Wallis of Moore College of Art spoke about Salvador Dalí’s under treated post-surrealist work.  In particular, Wallis focused on one of Dalí’s dramatic and expectedly cryptic religious paintings, The Ecumenical Council, 1960.  This was a fascinating talk in which Wallis looked very closely at the minute details of Dalí’s painting, and interpreting the painting in much the same way as Dalí conceived his work — the “paranoiac-critical method” — opened up a number of interpretive avenues that were collectively suggestive of the workings of Dali’s mind (as well as the workings of a passionate and intellectually inventive art historian’s mind).  The contagious energy with which Wallis shared his discoveries gave a clear example of the sense of adventure that art history can offer.  Keep an eye out for Wallis’ upcoming book on Dalí’s late work.

I was also pleased to see that this fall’s lecture series at PAFA seems to be somewhat of a showcase for the fruits of Tyler.  Wallis is a Tyler alum (2004 Ph.D.), as was the previous week’s speaker, Roxana Pérez-Méndez (2002 MFA), whose work had been on view at PAFA since last May.  Even if you missed her installation, which just came down last week, or Wallis’ talk on Dalí, PAFA’s Art-at-Lunch lecture series should still be a destination for Tyler folks.  Coming up on Nov. 3 is my own art historical talk on African American sculpture at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, and on tap for next week (Oct. 6) are Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof, founders of the heavily consulted artblog (http://THEartblog.org), and no strangers to Tyler.  Check out PAFA’s fall lineup for yourself at http://www.pafa.org/aal.  Free for everyone.  Grab a crêpe and hop on the Broad Street Line for a one-hour mid-week, mid-day respite at the confluence of two rivers.


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